Well here I am, stuck at work because of snow, looking like I’m gonna be pulling an all-nighter. With that thought in mind, I figured it’d be a great time to post up some of my thoughts and experiences. Tonight I’m going to be focusing on my experience with solo pvp.
Since joining up with Galmil, my world in Eve has opened up quite a bit. While in nullsec, my life consisted of joining fleet, and pressing F1. N3, Mordus Angels, its all the same. join fleet, follow your primary. Once I joined GMVA, however, a new door of Eve pvp has opened up, that of solo pvp.
My first couple attempts at solo pvp were pretty abysmal. I flew Atrons for the most part, losing most of my fights to merlin’s, which I didn’t understand. I figured T1 frigates should be about even, right? My armor repping skills, however, just couldn’t keep up with the raw DPS of a merlin, of ten getting melted, while I just couldn’t break their shields fast enough. It frustrated me for awhile, but I decided not to let it get me down. I kept flying, dying, fitting, and repeating.
Eventually, through solo videos on Youtube, I learned about a channel known as “Bringing Solo Back”. I joined it, inquiring to the pilots within as to how I could get better at solo pvp. Eventually, a pilot known as “Kelon Darklight” kind of took me under his wing. He taught me the dark magic of Amarr laser boat pvp, and under his tutelage, became pretty proficient at the use of beam laser Tormentors. Finally, I began to see some results, taking down other T1 frigs with an ease I hadn’t known before, and even took down a destroyer or two. And so this is my lesson about Eve. When you’ve died, reship, and undock again. there are days I still go without getting kills, instead having a red streak on my killboard. Other days, I get lucky, and take down several enemies. Lately, I’ve even been content just pushing F1 as part of a fleet. Old habits are hard to break I guess.
To be honest, I cant wait to move up to bigger ships. If you look at how long my character has been active, you might be asking me why I’m not flying bigger stuff more often. Well, because Ive been putting most of my skills into the core ship skills. Shields, armor, engineering, capacitor, weapons, etc. Once I have these down, Ill move up. Don’t get me wrong, I have flown a couple bigger ships, namely the Vexor, the HFI, and the ANI, but mostly with T1 guns and T1 medium drones, and that’s far from preferable. So I try to stay away from those unless they’re absolutely necessary, like when we take on Snuffbox, or Sniggwaffe. Otherwise, I fly scout.
So this is my start to Eve. It’s a slow start, and I’m trying not to burn myself out on frigates. My corpmates tell me that when I do officially move up to fully T2’ed big ships, that all my time in frigates will pay off. I hope they’re right.
Until then, Ill continue to undock my frigates and look for the good fights that Black Rise has been showering me with.
o7 Jasek Steiner
P.S. Special thanks to Kelon Darklight. You’ve been a great help to me!